Breastfeeding and herbs

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Angela - posted on 04/09/2011

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My lactation consultant recommended Breastea from http://www.breastea.com. It has worked great. I exclusively pump and I was down to pumping just 1/2 ounce. Now I pump 4 to 5 ounces. It's herbal and contains fenugreek. Works great!

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According to the Australian Breastfeeding Association:
"While a large number of herbs have been reputed to increase milk supply, there is very little written in the medical literature to support or refute the anecdotal information. Women taking herbal remedies must be aware that they are medications and may cause side effects. They need to be purchased from a reputable source and used according to directions. Cost of herbal treatment must also been taken into account. "

Just like any other medication, possible side-effects must be taken into account. Herbal remedies are generally not included in the medicinal compounds monitored by bodies such as the FDA, so sometimes general effects and side-effects are not fully known. So make sure you get all information possible from your health professional.
http://www.breastfeeding.asn.au/bfinfo/g...

Allie - posted on 10/14/2010

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Raquel---What's wrong with Fenugreek? My lactation specialist recommended it. Actually I had two specialist from different states recommend it.?

Raquel - posted on 10/09/2010

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Just remember to consult a lactation consultant and/or the pediatrician before taking any herbal supplements while breastfeeding. Mine gave a big no to fenugreek (SP?) and many other herbs.

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